I’ve really begun to wonder how, exactly, the baby scrunched up inside of me. What appears to just be a bump is an actual human being, and where – oh where! – is the baby hiding? Where are those little legs? Little arms? And please, please – is that head down or up?
During the last two months of pregnancy, you can apparently do belly mapping. Belly mapping involves feeling around on your bump and using the direction and force of the baby’s kicks to determine where those legs and arms are located. The technique can help identify breech or posterior babies prior to delivery.
Belly mapping involves three steps:
- Step 1 involves drawing a circle on a paper and dividing the circle into four quadrants. Each quadrant relates to a portion of your baby bump. Over the course of several hours, identify the location of bulges and kicks by drawing in the circle. (Hint: a large, firm bulge is usually the back.)
- Step 2 involves identifying what portion of the circle may be the head and butt, as well as the feet and hands. The head and butt and the feet and hands are always opposite halves of the circle.
- Step 3 involves naming the position.
I’m still in my sixth month, so I’m a bit too early to try belly mapping (and my midwife said the baby regularly flips around at this point) – but I am sure excited to try!
If you want to learn more about Belly Mapping, check out this site – there’s tons of good information!